WILLIAM BRISSENDEN, of the firm of Brissenden Brothers, proprietors of the Excelsior Flouring Mills, Louisville, was born in Edwards County, Ill., February 7, 1852, and is a son of William Brissenden (deceased), a native of England, who came to America in 1839, stopping one winter in New York State. In the spring of 1840. he came to Edwards County, Ill., and in 1854 he brought his family to Clay County, where our subject has since resided. Mr. Brissenden was a telegraph operator for five years at different points in Illinois and Missouri. For the past two and a half years, he has been engaged in the milling business. The Excelsior Mills are very fine, large, new mills, in which the roller system is used, with all the best and latest improvements in the other machinery.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 146.